I like to do portraits that fill the canvas with the person’s face. I want the viewer to feel the personality of the subject.
Notice the eyes – the pupil has a highlight and the bottom of the iris does, too. That makes the person look alive. The bottom lip always has a highlight, too, because it is smooth and shiny. There are highlights in the hair. You can see spots of blue, brown and light green. The gold necklace has highlights to give it a sparkle.
Don’t you think she’s interested in you?